4.4" Polished Section Of Gorgeous Charoite - Siberia

This is a beautiful piece of swirling purple Charoite collected in Siberia, Russia. It measures 4.4x2.6" and is nicely polished on one side while left rough on the other. The base is cut flat so that stands up nicely without the need for a display stand.

Charoite is a rare silicate mineral, first described in 1978 and named for the Chara River in Russia. It has been reported only from the Sakha Republic, Siberia, Russia. It is found where a syenite of the Murunskii Massif has intruded into and altered limestone deposits producing a potassium feldspar metasomatite.

Charoite is translucent lavender to purple in color with a pearly luster. It is strictly massive in nature, and fractures are conchoidal. It has an unusual swirling, fibrous appearance, sometimes chatoyant, and that, along with its intense color, can lead many to believe at first that it is synthetic or enhanced artificially.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Charoite
LOCATION
Siberia, Russia
SIZE
4.4x2.6", 1.2" thick
CATEGORY
ITEM
#56373